The houseboat operation is not like Hotels/Resort. It is entirely different. You are using hotel/resort just for a stay at night or day and you are going outside for the sightseeing or any other activities. The Houseboat is not only for a stay, it also cruises for a particular time and you will remain in Houseboat for the entire day or night. All food will be served onboard. Do not compare the houseboat with the facilities in hotels/resorts.
The maintenance cost for the Houseboat is very high and have to do the maintenance regularly. This is the reason, the rates are comparatively high for Houseboats which are well maintained.
There are more than 1000 Houseboats and about 300 Houseboat service providers in Alleppey. Apart from this, there are a lot of houseboat bookingsportals. So you have a lot of options on the internet to select the Houseboat. But when selecting the Houseboat, you must be aware of Quality of the Houseboat and mainly you must understand how the houseboat in cruising.
The rates of the Houseboat varies from Operator to Operator. For a better rate, you will get the better Houseboat. You can negotiate with any, but it will reflect the Quality of Service and Cruise. Normally when you negotiate some will reduce the rate at the same time they will adjust in the type of Houseboat and the service.
Always remember you are doing a houseboat trip to enjoy the backwater. So do not fall in cheap houseboats. Most of the guests are looking for where they get the cheapest rate which makes most of the negative reviews about houseboat on the internet.
We do not take any bookings showing the exaggerated pictures of houseboat like some other do. Even some show the pictures, You may not be going the get the same houseboat shown in the picture or it may not be the same condition seen in the photo. We’d like, to be honest with our customers, so we do the deal straightforward.
There are a lot of negative reviews seen on the internet. It is because people are ignorant about the Houseboat operation and have a big expectation. People make big expectation seeing the photographs, read wrong information from some websites, and attract to cheap rate and big offers. The Houseboat is not like a hotel, the maintenance cost of the Houseboat is very high. So it will cost some extra for the Houseboats which are maintaining regularly.
There is some rare chance of machinery breakdown while cruising, in that case, we will change the houseboat with another of the same category. Also, another issue which may rarely happen is A/C which occurs due to the gas leakage in the compressor. In that case, the amount difference between A/C and Non-A/C will refund.